Compare iPad 2019 and iPad 2020: design, features and more — 2022

If you are thinking of buying a new tablet and you are interested in iPads, probably the student-focused entry models may be of interest to you even if you are not a student. We analyze what is new that the eighth generation iPad has incorporated compared to the seventh generation iPad. Are there so many differences? Is it worth buying the 8 if you have the 7? We answer your questions.

Technical specifications of the iPad 7 and iPad 8

We do not want to base this comparison on pure numbers, since in the end we believe that experience is more than important when evaluating a purchase such as an iPad. However, we believe that it is interesting to know what the exact specifications of each one are, especially because of the tremendous similarities between the two. For this reason and as the first highlight of the comparison, we leave you this table of technical specifications.

iPad 2019 and iPad 2020

CharacteristiciPad 2019 (7th gen)iPad 2020 (8th gen)
-Space Gray
-Space Gray
Dimensions-Height: 25.06 cm
- Width: 17.41cm
-Thickness: 0.75cm
-Height: 25.06 cm
- Width: 17.41cm
-Thickness: 0.75cm
Weight-WiFi version: 483 grams
-WiFi + Cellular version: 493 grams
-WiFi version: 490 grams
-WiFi + Cellular version: 495 grams
Screen10.2-inch Retina with IPS technology10.2-inch Retina with IPS technology
Resolution2,160 x 1,620 at 264 pixels per inch and 500 nits brightness2,160 x 1,620 at 264 pixels per inch and 500 nits brightness
Number of speakerstwotwo
ProcessorA10 FusionA12 Bionic con Neural Engine
Ability-32 GB
-128 GB
-32 GB
-128 GB
Frontal camera1.2MP lens1.2MP lens
Rear camera-Wide angle of 8 Mpx with aperture f / 2.4
-Video recording in 1,080p at 30 f/s
-Slow motion 720p at 120 f/s
-Wide angle of 8 Mpx with aperture f / 2.4
-Video recording in 1,080p at 30 f/s
-Slow motion 720p at 120 f/s
biometric systemsTouch ID (on Home button)Touch ID (on Home button)
other sensors-Three axis gyroscope
-Ambient light sensor
-Three axis gyroscope
-Ambient light sensor
SIM cardIn WiFi + Cellular version:
-Nano SIM
In WiFi + Cellular version:
-Nano SIM
connectivity-Bluetooth 4.2
-WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4 and 5 GHz with speeds up to 866 Mb/s
-WiFi + Cellular versions with Gigabit class LTE of up to 27 bands.
-Bluetooth 4.2
-WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4 and 5 GHz with speeds up to 866 Mb/s
-WiFi + Cellular versions with Gigabit class LTE of up to 27 bands.
AutonomyUp to 10 hours of WiFi browsing or video and music playbackUp to 10 hours of WiFi browsing or video and music playback
Compatibility with official accessories-Apple Pencil (1ª gen.)
-Smart Keyboard
-Apple Pencil (1ª gen.)
-Smart Keyboard

*RAM: These data are not official, since Apple does not specify them in any official guide for commercial policies. However, these data have been obtained thanks to reputable analyzes of both devices, both with software tools and in the analysis by hardware pieces.

Looking at the table, we ask you: have you found the difference? Yes, we speak in the singular because there is only a technical difference between both devices. And that's the microprocessor that they incorporate. The model launched in 2019 incorporates an A10 Fusion chip that is the same one that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus incorporated at the time. The model launched in 2020 incorporates an A12 Bionic, the first with a neural motor and which was first added to the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Beyond this and ignoring the small difference in weight, we did not find any other relevant difference. In any case, we will analyze the elements, both similar and differential, in the following sections.

Similar designs? not identical

At this level we do not find any difference between these tablets. If we put one next to the other, we would probably have a hard time telling them apart. Now, is this really a negative point? We analyze it below.

General aesthetics with classic design

iPad 8 generation 2020

Same dimensions, colors, form factor... Both are built with the most classic iPad design with a panel frontal in which the screen occupies a large part, but there is room for pronounced frames in which we find the camera at the top and the mythical Home button at the bottom. It stands out that around the screen there are black bezels that, although they are not annoying since they are not very pronounced, the truth is that they can be seen with the naked eye and especially in the models that have white color on the front.

In the rear there's not much to scratch either. We find aluminum materials as the main material chosen for construction, the characteristic Apple logo and the word iPad, as well as the only lens available in this part. We only found a difference in the WiFi + Cellular model, which incorporates the antenna band at the top of this back in white or black (depending on the color chosen for the tablet).

It must be said that despite gaining weight, the eighth generation iPad does not represent any change compared to the seventh. The 7 grams more in the WiFi version and 3 grams in the WiFi + Cellular are anecdotal. Both devices are tremendously comfortable when it comes to taking them anywhere in the house, as well as transporting it on trips or using it in places that are somewhat more uncomfortable than usual, such as public transport.

More than enough screens

We are not analyzing products with very high prices, nor are the approaches of these iPads the same as those of the 'Pro' models, so from the outset it is understood that there will be certain components that will not have the latest technologies. The screens IPS one of these iPads that Apple calls Retina displays are an example of this. Are they the best? Not by far, but they are more than perfect for the focus of these devices and what those who buy them need.

We did not find no difference between both generations, neither for technical nor practical purposes. Therefore it is evident that we cannot say a single quality of one that is not shared by the other. In both cases, the resolution and brightness of the screen seem more than adequate to be able to enjoy movies, series, review our photos or play video games, although in the latter there is something to highlight regarding performance and that we will analyze later.

iPad 2019

As a conclusion to this section, you should know that without being the best screen that exists, it more than meets what was promised. Bearing in mind that the focus of these tablets is to be an all-terrain vehicle for multimedia consumption in different rooms, it is more than enough. And when it comes to office use and the like, it has a more than fair size to perform these tasks without becoming too small or excessively large.

The differences (and similarities) at the performance level

In this section we do find the main difference between the tablets, which is the processor. This beyond affecting the fluidity of the device, the truth is that it generates changes in other sections such as the battery that could play much more in favor of the model launched in 2020.

Leap of two generations at the processor level

We closed the screen section with a clarification regarding performance in video games. In it iPad 2020 we find an important processor jump that helps the experience at certain times like playing to be much better. Although this is not the only point where it is noticeable, since having jumped two generations on this chip and having adopted the A12 Bionic with its Neural Engine has more advantages.

For the rest of the features we have already said that it is not an iPad focused on professional tasks, but it really is not for lack of power because when it is required it appears. Those who perform tasks such as advanced photo or video editing can be satisfied with a considerable improvement in rendering times that is preceded precisely by the A12 Bionic chip. It is not the most recommended equipment even so for these jobs on a daily basis, but if it is sporadically, practically no complaint can be made.

At the level of system performance in general, we also see improvements in opening applications and other types of loads. In addition, this chip is a guarantee of iPadOS updates for many years . Although it is not the most current chip, incorporating improvements such as its neural engine makes it a longer-lasting processor than predecessors such as the A11 Bionic or the A10 Fusion that precisely mounts the iPad 2019.

Changes at the level of autonomy

iPad battery

Apple does not offer specific data about the capacity of its batteries, so without knowing this information we have to take into account the efficiency of the processor in conjunction with the software and the use made of the iPad. Both have on paper an autonomy of up to 10 hours of continuous use and the truth is that both fulfill it to spare. It really is difficult to reach those hours of use no matter how intensive the work that is done, so they really have battery for more than a day .

The A12 Bionic chip in the latest iPad makes that tablet show a slight battery improvement . It is not that it is something radically different or that it can be nuanced by giving specific data, since in the end no one uses it the same way as another user. But the truth is that this difference exists despite the fact that the Cupertino company affirms that both have an identical duration.

Memory could be a problem

We are not going to fool ourselves and that is that 32 GB today is a really small capacity for most uses. This is something that both generations have sinned, although 128 GB already seems like a more reasonable capacity. However, if it still seems small to you, you will have no choice but to make a larger outlay and opt for an iPad Air.

There are cloud storage services such as the iCloud of Apple and many others that could solve the ballot in many cases. For some users, none of this may even be necessary if they use the iPad for network activities such as browsing the Internet or enjoying streaming content. But in other cases, a few applications, photos and other files that you store, you will see that it falls short.

Software and accessories, stars in these iPad

At this point, we also did not find anything different between these tablets, although we cannot therefore say that there are no things to comment on them. Today, an iPad without more could be an incomplete device, but thanks to its software and compatible accessories, much more can be squeezed out.

iPadOS looks in all its glory on both

iPadOS 14 on iPad 8 2020

After one of lime for memory, play one of sand with iPadOS. The operating system of these iPads is just as fantastic as in the most powerful versions of Apple tablets. No cut features in these teams and despite the fact that the performance of the same is not as fast in the end, you will not be able to say that there is a function that is not available.

Where the software stands out the most and with which Apple wins the battle against Android tablets is with the catalog of available applications , since it is possible to find endless tools for professional use that enhance the use of the tablet to, as we said before, even replace a computer in many cases. For students looking to be able to use office apps, reading and studying are more than excellent.

A very important aspect is that in both cases updates are expected for several years. This means that while there may be some feature cut in the future, you're guaranteed plenty of new features without having to switch iPads. In fact, the future of iPadOS is increasingly hopeful, so it is a very strong point for both. If we also add that these updates will bring security patches, all the better.

Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Fantastic!

Since Apple extended the compatibility of its styluses to new iPads that were not 'Pro', we can enjoy an infinite number of actions with the Apple Pencil . It is first generation, yes, but it works very well on both computers. You can easily take notes by hand, draw or carry out specific actions in some apps with total ease. The experience has improved with firmware updates for this accessory and it's almost like writing on paper, although it must be recognized that in this case the Apple Pencil 2 looks much better in the 'Air' and 'Pro' models, but that's another story .


Something similar happens with the Smart Keyboard , a keyboard that although strange at first because of its construction material or shortcomings such as the lack of backlighting, ends up being an essential accessory for the most active in writing with the iPad. The key travel and the touch of the membrane ends up making the user experience better and on top of that it even resists liquids.

In any case, it must be said that the mouse and keyboard support from other manufacturers is really good. Whether by Bluetooth or through adapters, these perform very well on the iPad 2019 and 2020, making them very outstanding elements for use. In fact, it is one of the great virtues that this operating system has had in recent years and it is that, despite not being an identical experience to that of a computer, in the end it is equal in many points and in some cases they can even reach replace them.

Conclusions after the comparison

At this point there are several doubts that could assail you, since the few differences between these iPads are really striking. We present below an answer to the most common doubts about it and that are probably the ones that are now on your mind.

Is it worth going from iPad 7 to iPad 8?

Not emphatically. And not because the device is not good, since after all it is an improved version of the previous one. The processor has made an important leap that is noticeable and the experience will be even better, but really this and other small differences cannot really be considered as a compelling reason to renew it. If you had problems with your 2019 iPad or something similar that didn't have an easy and cheap solution, yes, this iPad will remind you a lot of the other one and you'll enjoy it a little more. In any other case, the change is not recommended, since despite being the cheapest model, we do not believe that it is worth that outlay due to the few differences.

If you think that the seventh generation iPad has fallen short, you may not need the eighth generation but an even more powerful version such as the iPad Air 2020 or even the iPad Pro.

iPad 8 2020 features news

When to buy the iPad 2019 or 2020

If you do not have any of these iPads and you are undecided about them, the recommendation would be in this case to opt for the latest model. And not because the previous one could not satisfy you, but because it will be easier for you to find it. Although you should know that both are already discontinued . The 2019 one did so with the arrival of the 2020 model and this in turn has been withdrawn with the arrival of the 2021 model.

Therefore, without comparing these devices with the most recent one, we will tell you that it is still easier to find the 2020 one. There are many stores that are not Apple, but that continue to offer availability of this tablet. The fact that its price is now lower is another point to consider. However, it is not ruled out that you also sporadically find an offer for the 2019 model or even with a private seller.

In the latter case, it would be a very smart purchase if you find a good price. And it is that at the end of the day, and in conclusion at this point, both models are very similar for practical purposes to be able to say bluntly that the 2020 one is much better than the previous one. It is, but not in a really significant way and less on a day-to-day basis.

Is an iPad Air worth more?

For virtually all purposes, the fourth-generation iPad Air (latest released at the time this note was updated) is a better option. It has a more modern design, a better screen, a state-of-the-art processor, compatibility with more accessories thanks to its USB-C port and is even compatible with the Apple Pencil 2. Seeing this, it seems strange to have been talking about iPads throughout this article. First of all, why not recommend this one then? Well, basically because in its starting prices it has a difference of 270 euros which is not negligible.

iPad Air 2020

As we have been unraveling, the iPad 2020, like the 2019 one, are tablets focused on an undemanding public or one that does not want to spend so much money. By the rule of three of recommending the best, we would probably only stick with the iPad Pro. Realistically, if you make office use of the tablet, you need a digital notebook, good performance without needing to be the best and an ecosystem of apps compatible of all kinds and at a good price: there is no doubt, the entry-level iPad is the chosen one. If you already need something else, the iPad Air mentioned above is the most suitable.